CSKA team returns home

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Fans poured onto Moscow's streets in the early hours of Thursday to celebrate CSKA's 3-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Cup final in Portugal.

CSKA team returns home

Moscow:

Fans poured onto Moscow's streets in the early hours of Thursday to celebrate CSKA's 3-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Cup final in Portugal. Thousands who watched the game in bars and clubs took to the streets, shouting and posing for the television cameras. Most of the celebrations took place on Tverskaya Street, a main avenue replete with bars and restaurants. Moscow police made 84 arrests, most for public drunkenness but there were no reports of injuries or serious property damage. Wednesday night's victory in Lisbon gave Russia its first European soccer cup title and one Russian politician has already suggested that May 18 could become known as "The Day of Russian Soccer". It was a similar scene at the airport as thousands tried to get a look at the returning heroes. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian teams have endured lean times. The national side has never advanced past the first stage of the World Cup or European Championship, while club sides had continued a barren run in Europe. But the result in Lisbon changed all that and the sight of the team carrying the UEFA Cup was enough to set off a minor riot as everyone tried to get a touch of the famous trophy. It was a remarkable result for the Russian side especially considering that they had to play the final at the Jose Alvalade Stadium, the home of their opponents Sporting Lisbon. (AP)

Topics : Football
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